TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Middle School students have been assigned to read at least one book, which was provided by their teachers with help from International Paper Foundation's literacy program, this summer.
Each student was given a book to read, chosen by their teacher, that they will have for English Language Arts in September.
In addition to the books, the students also received suggested reading lists of other books that they might enjoy, along with a place to record these books and the times and dates of when the Black Watch Memorial Library is open and when the Essex County Bookmobile is in the area.
Students have already received a preview from their future teachers as to what is expected of them in September along with suggestions about note-taking. Notes may also be collected and added to their first grade in the fall.
The incoming sixth graders will be reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, which was selected by their teacher, Laurie Kiely.
Kyle Lang's incoming seventh grade students have chosen books from his classroom library.
Virginia Morse chose Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson for the incoming eight graders.
If there is a student who plans to transfer to the middle school this fall, there are extra copies in the middle school's main office that students may pick up so that they will be prepared in September.
New this year is the option to download eAudiobooks from the public library onto MP3 players.
Mary Lavarnway, the school library media specialist, wrote the original grant to coincide with New York State's regulations for mandated summer reading.
Students are expected to return their books to their teachers in the fall for future classes.